Monday, December 24, 2007

The Gift of Grace

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good turkey!

SAN BERNARDINO, Cal., Dec. 25.—A large camp of brake-beam tourists just beyond the city limits is without a sumptuous turkey and chicken feast to-day only because the prompt action of Mr. and Mrs. George Delaney saved from the pot the entire stock of their poultry farm which had been given the tramps by their eight-year-old daughter Grace as a Christmas gift.

Grace had just returned from a church service when a tramp wandered up to the door. The sermon had been preached from the text that it is better to give than receive. The child put it to the test by presenting the wanderer with her own pet rooster. He promptly sent all the other denizens of the "Tincan" camp for Christmas gifts, and the little girl continued applying her pastor's text through the medium of her parents' poultry.

Just as the last pullet passed into the hands of a smiling tramp, Mrs. Delaney discovered the little Lady Bountiful. A hurried visit to the camp saved several hundred dollars' worth of turkey and chicken from being spitted over the sage-brush and yucca fires of the hungry tramps. [The New York Times, Dec. 26, 1909 (Link)]


Merry Christmas, Chris.. !

You always post a good laugh just when I need it the most.

So where is Grace in 1910?


I didn't have the heart to issue a challenge on Christmas. I'd hate to have people slaving over their computers while their kids waited to open their presents.

Since Christmas is over, where was Grace in 1910?


Happy New Year, Chris...

Thank you for all the great articles in 2007.



A belated Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year to you, Chris!


Who told you you could take a break? Get yer butt back here and blog!


Yeah, I'm with Lee. Have you really earned this much vacation time?


The blog is on hiatus while I cope with a family situation. I appreciate your patience.


I thought something was wrong, and I hope whatever it is works itself out for the best. Just know your fans are thinking of you.


I echo Lee's statements, and wish you and your family well.

Sally J.

Chris, hope your situation is better. You are missed, but family comes first (of course). Take care of yourself and know that lots of us are thinking about you!

-Sally J.
The Practical Archivist

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